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Exploring deck rail options

Cable rails less obtrusive to views
Published on Jun 11, 2004

Decks are a simply wonderful place to relax and take in your surroundings, but unfortunately, if your deck sits up more than 30 inches off the ground, you also have a deck railing that's competing with that wonderful view. One option for keeping your deck safe while making that railing a whole lot less obtrusive is CableRail, a deck railing system that's both attractive and easy for the do-it-yourselfer to handle. CableRail replaces traditional wooden rail members with 1/8-inch diameter high-strength, weather-resistant stainless steel cable. The cables are strung horizontally through a series of intermediate vertical wooden or metal posts, which allows you a lot of flexibility in the design and installation of your deck rail system. INSTALLATION The first step in installing the system is to install the intermediate vertical posts. These may be standard wooden 4x4s, square or round steel or aluminum tubing, or other combinations, and need to be installed no more than three feet apart i...

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